A perinatal service induction is where new staff have specific training in perinatal mental health or areas relating to perinatal mental health.  There are a number of different areas covered within an induction and often teams do things very differently. Our aim is to have a set of shared guidelines so that all new perinatal teams have an induction of the same quality that covers the relevant areas. Can you give your thoughts on the categories below?

There are 9 questions in total and the survey should take no more than 10-15 minutes. There is a text box for comments and a check box for how important each area feels to you.

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* 1. If you could give a new perinatal team one piece of advice on working with a woman and her family in the perinatal period what would it be?

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* 2. What do you think a staff member needs to know about the range of emotional and physical changes that can occur during pregnancy (what is normal?, baby blues, changing body, information about midwifery and health visiting for example)?

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* 3. What do you think a staff member needs to know about the different mental health conditions in perinatal mental health and how should this be taught?

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* 4. How would you wish a staff member to speak with you about your mental health and what can they do to put you at ease/ensure you are able to say what you need to?

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* 5. What do you think staff members need to know about mothers bonding with their babies and maternal relationships?

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* 6. What learning do you feel staff members should take from the experiences of others-whether good or bad? For example-a complaint, concern or serious case review, positive feedback, good practice in other services, national reports)

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* 7. Safeguarding children is an important part of the perinatal role. Do you have any suggestions for professionals on how they might improve what can be a very worrying and upsetting experience for some families?

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* 8. How important do you feel the role of the multi-disciplinary team is in perinatal mental health teams? This could be people working within the team such as medics, social workers, nursery nurses but also might involve liaison with other professionals such as midwifery, health visiting or other mental health workers.

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* 9. Was there anything about your own experience a community perinatal mental health team that you would like to share? We are looking for examples of good practice but also keen to improve areas where this is needed and include them in team inductions.

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